Happy Summer Solstice! Let’s celebrate the sun!
Yas, girl, it’s hotter than all hell, and it’s time to thank the sun for longer days and bountiful crops. This June 21/22 is the longest day of the year, which means it’s Litha time, y’all.
No, this doesn’t mean you have to sit out in the sun and bake, or that you have to go outside at all. It’s just a matter of paying your respects. We’re honoring the sun and also noting the battle of light and dark, because the summer solstice is the Wiccan holiday when darkness wins out, and the days will slowly become shorter.
Here are a few simple ways to welcome the new season.
Light a fire. Just be smart about it, babes. Here’s how you can hold a Midsummer Night’s Fire Ritual the safe and respectful way.
Prepare your altar. Use the season’s warm colors – yellow, orange, red – to brighten things up, and go all out with solar symbols. Remember, your altar is your special connection, so make sure it represents your relationship to the sun.
Have yourself a happy little Handfasting ceremony. This is the old, old ceremony of tying the knot. You can do this with your significant other or some of your closest friends. It’s a way of showing your commitment to one another.
Hone your garden. Litha is the best time to perfect your garden and plant that special something you’ve been holding on to. the ground is soft and the air is warm.
Hug a tree. Or just, like, look at one and think, “Good for you, friend.” Specifically oaks. This is their time.
EAT. Yes, you can celebrate the sun by feasting. Here are some yummies and recipes to whip up.
Check out these spells and rituals for more ways to honor the solstice.
If nothing else, remember to thank the sun for all her hard work! Happy Solstice, all!